Myself and two mates are going to NZ after a long spell in Oz and basically looking to know how long we would need to spend there to see and experience most of the good things it has to offer. I have read on previous posts on this forum about people not spending enough time there and i don’t want that to us as from what I’ve seen online its a really nice country..
Another quick question.. We are flying into Christchruch and then flying out of Auckland. Can anyone else who did this tell me how they got around etc.. We don’t know if we should bus it or hire a car.. Do you fly from south to north island or take a boat?
Thanks in advance
you can fly from south to north if you want to or take the ferry from picton to wellington. it takes three hours and costs $45 per person if you use the bluebridge ferry. i would suggest hiring or buying a car as the bus tickets can be pretty expensive. i spent a year in nz last year with a work permit. i bought a second hand car for $500 - a right banger but it did the job. having a car also allows you the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want. there's also the kiwi experience bus ticket you can buy - try looking into that.
i don't know how long you have to spend there but i would say about a month maybe if you're just looking for a quick tour. when you get to christchurch you should head south to queenstown and wanaka, then head up the west coat (see the pancake rocks) towards nelson, blenheim and the top of the south islands. then maybe head over to picton and take the ferry to wellington and work your way up through napier, taupo, rotorua and over to the coromandel. also you should try getting over to raglan and mount maunganui. then you can head north of auckland if you have time. it doesn't take too long to drive these distances but if you're short on time i think the flights are pretty cheap.
anyway, hope this helps, send me a pm if you have any questions and i'll try help you out.
you'll love nz, it's an ace country. hope you have a good time!
My mate and I hired a car, which was very reasonable.
We spent a month there, although 1 week of that was spent in Auckland. We got to pretty much everywhere we wanted to. I would say a month would be long enough, but maybe 6 weeks would give you a more relaxed itinerary.